In "The Rope Walk," " "Carrie Brown crafts a luminous story of a young girl's coming of age during a crucial summer in New England. On her tenth birthday Alice meets two visitors to her quiet town: Theo, the African American grandson of her father's best friend, and Kenneth, an artist who has come home to convalesce. Theo forms an instant bond with Alice that will indelibly change them both. The pair in turn befriend Kenneth, and decide to build a rope walk through the woods for him, allowing to make his way through the outdoor world he has always loved. But their good intentions lead to surprising consequences, and Alice soon learns how different the world of children and adults really are.
About the Author
Carrie Brown is the author of "The New Christmas Tree "and the owner of the acclaimed Jimtown Store in Sonoma County s Alexander Valley.She has celebrated every December for the past 23 years by decorating uncommon Christmas trees for the store, her home, and her clients. Feature articles on Carrie s decorating style and recipes have appeared in "Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Food & Wine", "Country Home", and "Sunset". Her kitchen design and store were featured on Food Network s "Ultimate Kitchens" and HGTV s "Country at Home". She is the co-author of "The""Jimtown Store Cookbook" (HarperCollins, 2002) and frequently works as a stylist for books, print, and other media.
“Beautifully written. . . . Captures the dignity and grace of a young woman coming into knowledge of herself and the world.”
“Gentle, lyrical. . . . Brown captures Alice's visceral response to the physical world.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Reading this novel is a serious pleasure.”
—New Orleans Times-Picayune